Black Diamond Venom Adze Ice Axe

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Specs

Weight 528 g / 1 lb 3 oz (50 cm hammer with leash)
Pick Tech Pick: Chromoly steel
Head Head, Hammer/Adze, Spike: stainless steel
Shaft Aluminum
Grip Dual-density

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Manufacturer's Description

The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Black Diamond Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool. The curved upper shaft provides added clearance during technical ice and snow sections, while the traditional spike makes for smooth plunging on the uphill. The dual-density grip and included Lockdown Leash increase security when things get dicey.

  • Climbs steep couloirs, plunges and self arrests
  • Venom Hammer is equipped with a Tech Pick and the Venom Adze comes with the Classic Pick
  • Comfortable, dual-density molded grip
  • Lockdown Leash included
  • CEN-B certified

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Retailers' Descriptions

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The ultimate hybrid axe for technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain, the Black Diamond Venom bridges the gap between classic piolet and technical ice tool. The curved upper shaft provides added clearance during technical ice and snow sections, while the traditional spike makes for smooth plunging on the uphill. The dual-density grip and included Lockdown Leash increase security when things get dicey.

- CampSaver.com

The Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe is a hybrid piolet tool which excels in technical couloirs and rugged alpine terrain. The Venom Ice Axe with Adze features a curved upper shaft for extra clearance in steeper ice and snow sections, while the traditional pick, spike and Adze ensure optimal self-arresting capacity and smooth plunging on the ascent. Excellent for steep mountaineering route, especially when paired with another lightweight axe; excels in couloirs, plunges and self arrests Venom Hammer is equipped with a Tech Pick (geared for ice climbing), the Venom Adze comes with the Classic Pick (best for self arrests) Slight bend just below its head offers more clearance when swinging the tool Dual-density molded grip provides insulation and a comfortable grip Ergonomic-shaped head is easy and comfortable to grasp when in mountaineering mode Includes Lockdown Leash CEN-B certified Don't forget an Axe or Pick protector to protect your delicate nylon gear and keep your pick ding-free

- OMCgear

A long snow route with a couple pitches of ice is the hardest type of climbing for which to select an appropriate tool. It used to be that you could either have a good ice tool that sucks for self-arrest or a standard ice axe that can barely climb a pitch of easy ice. Not anymore. Black Diamond designed the Venom Ice Axe to self-arrest and plunge into the snow easily but still offer good ice performance.

- Backcountry.com

Compact and light, the angled Venom Ice Tool from Black Diamond approaches the ideal for ascending steep terrain with its interchangeable pick and curved shaft design. The lightweight swinging weight is both practical and comfortable for long ascents.

- Mountain Gear